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MMWR
Synopsis for June 27, 2003

The MMWR is embargoed until 12 Noon ET, Thursdays.

  1. Late vs. Early Testing of HIV -- 16 Sites, United States, 2002-2003
  2. Hospitalizations for Stroke Among Adults Aged > 65 Years -- United States, 2000
  3. Multistate Outbreak of Monkeypox -- Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, 2003


Telebriefing for Thursday, June 26, 2003
"Safer and Healthier Summer"
WHO: Dr. Julie Gerberding, Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WHAT: News conference to discuss water, food, travel, and heat safety tips for the summer.
WHEN: Thursday, June 26, 2003
1:00 PM ET
Brief remarks followed by Q/A
WHERE: CDC
1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta
Building 16, enter via Clifton Way parking deck

Parking is available in the Building 16 parking deck located on Clifton Way. Media must arrive at Building 16 entrance by 12:30 p.m. for access to the briefing. Media must present photo ID for access.

Media who cannot attend in-person, may listen and ask questions by toll-free conference line. The briefing will begin promptly and it is recommended that media dial-in a few minutes prior to the start of the conference.

Teleconference name: CDC
U.S. Media Dial (866) 2545942

This briefing will also be audio webcast. Listen LIVE online at www.cdc.gov/media.

A full transcript of this teleconference will be available following the teleconference on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/media.

Synopsis for June 27, 2003

Late vs. Early Testing of HIV -- 16 Sites, United States, 2002-2003

CDC study examines late HIV diagnoses: Blacks, Hispanics, heterosexuals, and people with lower education levels more likely to test late.

PRESS CONTACT:
Office of Communications

CDC, National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention
(404) 639-8895
 

In a study comparing late and early HIV testers, CDC researchers found that late testers were more likely to be black, Hispanic, exposed to HIV through heterosexual sex, and to have a high school or lower education level. Significant differences in reasons for testing also were identified: Late testers were most likely to be tested due to illness (65%), while early testers reported testing because they felt they were at risk (29%) or because they wanted to learn their HIV status (19%). Additionally, early testers were more likely to be diagnosed through anonymous testing (22% compared to 8% of late testers), illustrating the importance of the availability of anonymous HIV testing for early HIV diagnosis. Currently, an estimated one in four HIV-infected individuals do not know they are infected and, consequently, are not receiving the care, treatment, and prevention services they need to stay healthy and to protect their partners.

 

Hospitalizations for Stroke Among Adults
Aged > 65 Years -- United States, 2000

In 2000, there were a total of 445,452 hospitalizations among Medicare enrollees that were attributed to stroke.

PRESS CONTACT:
Henraya Davis, PhD

CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
(770) 488-2424
(Alternate: Janet Croft, PhD, 770-488-2424)
 

Reducing the burden of stroke in the United States will require 1) primary prevention and control of risk factors; 2) public education about signs and symptoms of stroke, the need for emergency response (i.e., calling 911), and the importance of immediate transport to a primary stroke center (i.e., a specialized emergency facility for treatment of stroke); 3) early evaluation and treatment of persons with acute stroke; and 4) effective secondary prevention among persons living with stroke. Stroke hospitalizations rates increased with age and were higher among men than among women and among blacks than among whites. Over half of the stroke hospitalizations resulted in discharge to home. Discharge outcomes for stroke varied by age, where over half of persons ≥ 85 years were discharged to a skilled nursing facility. Hospitalizations and discharge outcomes also vary by state.

 

Multistate Outbreak of Monkeypox -- Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, 2003

PRESS CONTACT:
Division of Media Relations

CDC, Office of Communication
(404) 6393286
 

No summary available.

 

 

 

 


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